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Petbarn ‘Puppy and Kitten of the Year’ Competition

The search is on again for Australia’s cutest puppy and kitten!

In search of Australia’s cutest pets, Petbarn is calling on Aussie pet owners to enter their furbabies in the Puppy and Kitten of the Year Competition

Taking place for the second year running, Petbarn launched the competition to find the country’s most adorable four-legged friends and to help new pet owners celebrate the achievement of raising a healthy puppy and kitten with their online community.

Australians are avid pet lovers with 62 percent of households owning a pet[1]. Petbarn Area Manager, Candice Birtwistle knows how much Aussies love their pets and how important it is to give new puppies and kittens the best possible start in life.

“At this early stage of a pet’s life, it’s crucial that pet parents seek an expert opinion to advise how they can best give young animals a happy and healthy start with their new family

At Petbarn, our team can provide support for new puppy and kitten owners by offering advice on nutrition and teaching Aussies about pet safety, such as how to puppy proof the home,” Candice says. 

“We also have a wide range of services available including puppy training, grooming, and veterinary care for your new furry friend,” Candice continues.

Greencross Chief Veterinary Officer, Rachel Chay understands bringing a new pet into the family can raise some questions or concerns for owners.

“Our team at Greencross Vets are always on hand for any questions you may have, as we want to ensure your pet starts life with their best paw forward. Adopting a puppy or kitten is like bringing a new member into the family, and just like the rest of the family, you want to ensure they are always healthy, safe and happy, so don’t forget that we’re always here to help,” Rachel says.

“Raising a young pet is not always easy, but setting up the correct foundations for their life is key. Giving your new pet proper training, feeding them the right nutrition and giving them the care they need during the first 18 months will result in a well-behaved dog or cat for years to come,” Rachel continues.

Puppy and kitten owners can nominate their pet for Petbarn’s Puppy and Kitten of the Year competition from Monday 1st October until Friday 26th October.

During this time, Aussies will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite entry online via

By entering an adorable photo of your puppy or kitten on the Petbarn website, Aussie pet parents and their pets have the chance to win the grand prize, a $1,000 Petbarn voucher

One puppy and one kitten will be crowned Australia’s puppy or kitten of the year, which is determined by the entrant who receives the most votes. Petbarn will then choose two additional major prize winners and additional runner up prizes in each state and territory.

Petbarn has a wide range of products to cater for newly acquired kittens and puppies including chew and play toys plus scratch posts to ensure our four-legged friends stay fit and active. The store also offers worming, flea and tick treatments, feeding and grooming supplies plus toilet training products including puppy pads, stain neutralisers and kitty litter.

If you would like more information about puppy or kitten products available at Petbarn, please visit

[1] Data from 2016 Animal Health Alliance publication, Pet ownership in Australia 

You can download your free Puppy Guide here: Essential Puppy Guide

You can download your free Kitten Guide here: Essential Kitten Guide

About Petbarn:

Petbarn is Australia’s leading pet supplies retailer, offering everything for pets of all shapes and sizes – from dogs, cats, fish and bunnies, through to snakes and lizards.

At Petbarn, they believe that animals make us better people. And if animals make us better people, then Petbarn helps animals make us better people. Petbarn has everything your pet needs, from the most nourishing food, to the comfiest sleeping environments to stimulating toys to veterinary care, grooming and even insurance. They do everything we can to give your pet the platform and tools to do what they do best. Make you better at being you – Petbarn, for better humans.

Dedicated to serving passionate animal lovers and their pets, Petbarn also provides a range of services including pet adoption, grooming, and a DIY dog wash, as well as loads of good pet advice. There are currently more than 210 Petbarn specialty pet stores nationally with plans to open additional stores in the year ahead. If you have pets, be sure to bring them too because at Petbarn stores, all leashed pets are welcome.

Visit for further information.

About Greencross Vets:

Greencross Vets are a local network of well-equipped veterinary practices across Australia. Although Greencross Vets is part of a national organisation all practices are run and managed by a local team of dedicated pet care professionals who are passionate about pets.

Greencross practices are committed to offering clients and their pets with comprehensive and exceptional client and patient care. We will always provide a secure and safe environment for your loved ones, and when in our care your pet is treated like family.

Greencross Vets offer online bookings for convenience of all pet parents.

MEDIA RELEASE, 2nd October 2018

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